Coming This Month
RASP's regular monthly events are free and do not require registration.

Friday, February 24, 2023—Priscilla Long
Reading/open mic starts at 7:00 PM (Pacific Time)

Priscilla Long
Photo by Anne Herman

Priscilla Long is a Seattle-based writer of poetry, creative nonfiction, science, history, and fiction, and a long-time independent teacher of writing. Her seventh book is Dancing with the Muse in Old Age (Coffeetown, 2022). Her two poetry books are Holy Magic (MoonPath Press) and Crossing Over: Poems (University of New Mexico Press). Her how-to-write book is The Writer's Portable Mentor: A Guide to Art, Craft, and the Writer's Life. She grew up on a dairy farm on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. For more info go to


We've moved to Centro Cultural Mexicano

You will now find us on the first floor/street level at 16300 Redmond Way, the NE corner of the intersection between Redmond Way and NE Leary Way (in the store where the dress shop used to be). If you find yourself at the old gallery, just walk to Redmond Way and turn right. For more information about upcoming exhibits and Centro Cultural Mexicano, visit the gallery's website.

Upcoming Readings and Events

Friday, March 31, 2023—Dierdre Lockwood

Dierdre Lockwood

Deirdre Lockwood is a poet and fiction writer based in Seattle. Her poems have appeared in The Threepenny Review, The Yale Review, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She has an MFA in poetry from Boston University and a PhD in oceanography from the University of Washington. She has received support from the Fulbright program, Hugo House, the Elizabeth George Foundation, Artist Trust, Marble House Project, Willapa Bay AiR, and Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, and is working on a novel. Visit her at

MC—Michael Heavener

Friday, April 28, 2023—Jeanine Walker (poet) Janine Walker

Jeanine Walker is the author of The Two of Them Might Outlast Me (2022). She has received writing fellowships from Artist Trust, the Jack Straw Cultural Center, Wonju, UNESCO City of Literature, and Inprint. Her work has appeared in Bennington Review, New Ohio Review, Pleiades, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. A poet with a Ph.D. in creative writing from the University of Houston, Jeanine is a long-time poetry teacher and most recently taught English at Kangwon National University in Chuncheon, South Korea.


Friday, May 26, 2023—Suma Subramaniam (children's literature, poetry)

Suma Subramaniam's interests in writing for children are centered around STEM/STEAM-related topics as well as India and Indian heritage. When she's not recruiting by day or writing by night, she's volunteering for We Need Diverse Books and SCBWI or blogging about children's books. Suma is the author of Namaste Is a Greeting, She Sang For India, and other books for children and young adults. Her poems have been published in Poetry magazine. She lives in Seattle with her family and a dog who watches baking shows. Learn more at


Friday, June 30, 2023—TBA

Friday, July 28, 2023—Mary Lou Sanelli (essayist, memoirist) Mary Lou Sanelli

Mary Lou Sanelli, author, speaker, and master dance teacher, has published five collections of poetry and four works of nonfiction. Her latest collection of essays, Every Little Thing, has been nominated for a Pacific Northwest Book Award, a Pushcart Prize, and a Washington State Book Award. Her first novel, The Star Struck Dance Studio of Yucca Springs, was released in 2020 and her first children's book, Bella Likes to Try, will be published in the spring of 2022. For more information about her and her work, visit


Friday, August 25, 2023—Amber Flame

Amber Flame is an artist and performer whose work has garnered artistic merit residencies with Hedgebrook, The Watering Hole, Wa Na Wari, Vermont Studio Center, and Yefe Nof. Flame served as the 2017–2019 poetry writer-in-residence at Hugo House in Seattle and is a queer Black dandy mama who falls hard for a jumpsuit and some fresh kicks.


Friday, September 29, 2023—TBA

Friday, October 27, 2023—Kendra Steel (poet)

Friday, November 17, 2023—TBA
Moved ahead one week to avoid Thanksgiving holiday

Friday, December 29, 2023—TBA